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    August 26, 2013
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martha: the guy might have walked into dixon's car. bill: that is tough way to prove your point. martha: we missed you. we'll see "happening now" right now. bill and i will being back tomorrow. jon: we begin with this fox news alert on three major developing stories, each with the potential to take a dramatic turn at any moment. first, our defense secretary chuck hagel just outlined the framework under which america could take military action in syria this as calls grow to forcefully respond to evidence that the assad regime killed hundreds of its own people with chemical weapons. the wildfire the size of the chicago raging in and around a cherished american landmark, the yosemite national park but the rim fire poses a threat to hundred of thousands of residents in san francisco and it is a 150 miles away. we'll tell you about that.
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sentencing for the army major convicted of killing 13 people in the fort hood shooting massacre the will nidal hasan get life in prison or the death penalty. but first right now, brand new stories. >> inyou had concluding this one, jon, busted for buging? a new report says the nsa cracked videoconferencing system at u.n. and apparently that is not all. plus jody arias is back before a judge. today we could learn when the retrial of the convicted killer's penalty phase will begin. and there is talk about making an entrance? bandits storm a pawn shop. why what they got away with has police very worried. it is all happing right now. jon: good morning to you, with
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us today, is arthel neville. in for jenna lee. arthel: we'll start with this, jon. a-team of u.n. inspectors coming under sniper fire in damascus. a spokesman saying it happened while they were on their way to inspect the site where hundreds of people were killed in a reported chemical attack last week. for days syria wouldn't let the team go near the site. the government finally agreeing to allow the inspectors to visit that starting today but a senior u.s. official dismissed the offer as too late to be credible saying crucial evidence could have already been destroyed. leland vittert is live in jerusalem with more. leland? >> reporter: arthel, we're told in the past couple of hours that u.n. team was able to safely make its way across the no-man's land from the government side to the syrian rebel side and that is where they're conducting that investigation six days after the attack the past couple of days while the syrian government was quote, thinking about whether to
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allow them into this specific area, we had a lot of shelling and a lot of airstrikes on this area which has many worried that the evidence that this collection team would be trying to get at will be gone, will be destroyed or also perhaps has degraded as the other thing they will look to take is hair, tissue samples, blood samples, not only from the living, people who survived the attack but also the dead to see if they can go back through and figure out what type of gas was possibly used here. either something like a vx gas or sarin gas, something like that would indicate it is probably a government attack because it would have been made in a commercial way, a factory, that kind of thing. if however they come back with something like insecticide or homemade nerve agent that could point more to circumstantial evidence toward possibly rebels or as the syrian government said, the rebels trying to frame the syrian government for that. in the midst of all this, the united states, the united kingdom, france, for that matter
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israel is running their own investigation looking at the very videos we've been showing you since this attack trying to figure out what the symptoms would match up with and trying to get their hands for their own samples from the soil and from the victims to see if they can figure out exactly what happened there. the united states for its part says they are pretty sure there was chemical weapons used by the assad regime. we had an interesting development diplomatically on this side of the pond. russian foreign minister held a news conference. while he said there should not be any military intervention he did say russia would not go to war over military intervention. probably diplomatic speak for this wouldn't be world war iii if u.s. and nato allies decided unilaterally attack syria something which is open to the possibility the past couple days. arthel, back to you. arthel: thank you, very interesting there, leland vittert, thank you very much. jon: just a short time ago, defense secretary chuck hagel addressed possible military action in syria.
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the secretary on a trip to indonesia said the u.s. is looking at all options but he emphasized this. >> ouranalyzing the intelligence and, we will get the facts and if there's any action taken it will be in concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification. jon: meanwhile lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weighed in on the issue on the sunday talk shows. >> i think we will respond in a surgical way and i hope the president as soon as we get back to washington will ask for authorization from congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way. something gets their attention that causes them to understand we are not going to put up with this kind of activity. >> we have to verify it was directed by the assad regime.
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that will allows to build an international coalition which is necessary to take any further steps in syria and will help to diffuse some of the countries like iran and russia who are trying to pawn this off on the rebels. jon: jamie weinstein, senior editor for "the daily caller." let me echo something our chief white house correspondent ed henry has been asking, jamie m the president argued that the war in iraq, he called a, dumb war. so how does he now make the case that we should insister screen in syria? >> well it is difficult but he is certainly pressured to do so in the openly by some elements of the lindsey graham and john mccain but by some from his own party. a year ago he said a red line with use of chemical response. in some ways he boxed himself in here to do some type after response. if he doesn't, the fear other
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adversaries around the world like iran would see the president's non-response to his own red line and take the lesson from that that america doesn't really fall its word. jon: in libya, for instance the president was famous talking about leading from behind. we waited for some kind of international coalition to come together to help drive muammar qaddafi in power as it happened in libya. what is the out come there? how would you assess the results of that? >> in libya it's a mixed result. on one hand we had benghazi which happened in the aftermath of libya. on the other hand they had an international coalition. you had no american lives lost. we did see some things happen in mali as a result of this. so i think it's a mixed bag. we're still discovering what happened in libya though there is no democratic bloom that blossomed in libya in the aftermath of our libyan operation. jon: the president has been more than a year since the president said the use of chemical weapons
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would be a red line. apparently assad, basically chose the anniversary of that statement to use chemical weapons again and nothing has happened. does that put u.s. credibility at risk here. >> i think it does put u.s. credibility at risk. on the other hand i think we have to be very careful in syria. you have of course, bashar al-assad is a monster. he is supported by american enemies like iran and iran's terrorist proxy hezbollah but the prize at the end of the rainbow for removing assad is the rebel forces which is led at this moment by islamists including the al basrah front which pledged allegiance to al qaeda. we have not very many friendly forces in syria at this point. unfortunately you see attacks like this largely on civilian populations and it is really heartbreaking. jon: the president is often one to defer to the united nations or suggest united nations involvement or approval would be a prerequisite to getting
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involved in something like this so does he wait for the u.n.? the u.n. couldn't even get a strong statement together regarding this latest gas attack? >> i don't think there is any chance there will be a strong resolution coming out of the u.n. russia has doubled down in syria. they are friends of assad. china i don't think would support any type of action. if there is going to be a type of action winter national backing it would have to be outside the u.n., like what happened in kosovo in the '90s through mate know. my view would be if this was in america's interest, the strong international action, the president should be leading the charge not saying only if the international community approves it. if it is in america's action, he should make the affirmative case why it is in america's interest only if the international community endorses it. jon: what are his options? he doesn't seem include to -- inclined to go in there with all kind of military force. >> i see two options.
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one john mccain called for, a no-fly zone. the attendant danger of that is draws america more into the conflict f that doesn't work and it may very well not and we see more massacres on the ground there will be greater calls for more american involvement and who knows where that will lead. another possibility will be limited strikes, saying these strikes are against regime targets in response to chemical attacks. we will not tolerate chemical attacks. they're not necessarily involving us in the out come of the conflict but if saying chemical weapons are used we will respond to regime targets to stop that type of action. jon: the president's quandary there illustrated by jamie weinstein from "the daily caller." thanks. >> thank you for having me. arthel: we go out west right now where thousands of firefighters are slam blink to try to -- scrambling to slow one of the largest wildfires in history. it is called the rim fire burning uncontrollably in
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yosemite national park. the intern know is inching closer to reservoir that provides electricity and water to san fan and silicon valley. it has destroyed more than 149,000-acres. that is about the size of the city of chicago. the fire right now is only 15% contained. it is showing more than 23 buildings and nearly 3500 firefighters have been called in to keep this firefighter from becoming more destructive. dominic di-natale near yosemite national park in california. dominic, i know at one point the winds were a big concern. >> reporter: oh, absolutely and they still continue to be. there as anywhere as 10 miles per hour to being reported by some firefighters 50 miles per hour. that are terrifyingly strong winds that will push flames. here we are seeing a we caught up on apple colony road. he was watching he was watching
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air tankers drop retardant near his property. he got completely drenched with it he says. he was describing to us how the flames were a mere half a mile away from his home. take a listen. >> it is the smoke. you can hardly speak. smoke alarms are going off in your house. it is intense. you see the huge plumes of smoke and even aircraft and bulldozers and helicopters, you know, it is the fire animal again. it gets away from you. who knows what is going to happen. >> reporter: and who does indeed know what is going to happen? the town again is beginning to fill up with some pretty heavy smoke to the northern side and to the eastern side which is where the fire is coming in from the moment. i've to say the town is pretty much a ghost town. only advisory evacuation in at the moment. it is not mandatory but a lot of people are nervous and actually moved on. kids were supposed to go back to school here last week. that is just not happening at all. they're certainly not in school today. i have to say a lot of residents
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who originally, three days ago were rather stubborn wanting to leave, it appears at love people are ready to move on. you have the sense the fire is impending as much as the fire service can do to protect the town a lot of people are scared. arthel: dominic, thank you very much. jon, the last thing you want to do is see mother nature coming at you, if it's a fire or flood, nothing much you can do. >> i think i pack up the house and head out of there. arthel: yeah. jon: italy wants amanda knox to return for a new trial even though an appeals court acquitted her of a murder in a sense much sense agessal case with the every element of a media circus. will she stay here on u.s. soil or go back? edward snowden is apparently spilling secrets again. details after new report that the agency spied on a major international target right here in new york city. from what happened
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jon: here are some crime stories we're following right now. police are involved 24 the search for a missing teacher from pennsylvania. matthew green disappeared last month on a backpacking trip in california but with the investigation ongoing and still no word from him his sister is not convinced foul play can be ruled out. this morning police arrested a success speck in the beating death of a world war ii veteran in washington state. we're told investigators tracked the 16-year-old to a basement apartment in spokane. last week police charged another 16-year-old with first-degree murder and robbery. a lawyer for amanda knox she will not return to italy for a new appeals trial. in 2011 an appeals court acquitted knocks and her former boyfriend in killing of knox's former roommate but the supreme court order ad new trial.
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it is supposed to start? september. it is possibility that italy could request her extradition to the u.s. arthel: a new report says the nsa bugged the united nations head quarters in new york city. that is according to the german magazine der spiegel. the latest allegations reportedly come from leaked documents provided by nsa leaker edward snowden. catherine herridge is live in washington. the catherine, what new info came out about the program? >> reporter: thanks, arthel. according to the new nsa documents leaked to the german publication the national security agency not only infiltrated but cracked the code of u.n. internal videoconferencing network in 2012 leading to a significant up jump in the nsa intelligence reporting from 12 to 450 reports during a three-week time period. according to the documents nsa found that chinese infiltrated the u.n. video network, the bugging of the u.n. and european union revealed in earlier documents is at the very least a
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violation of current agreements between the united states and its partners. during his recent comments on the nsa controversy president obama insisting the agency has a singular focus. >> i don't have an interest in the people of the nsa don't have an interest, in doing anything other than making sure that where we can prevent a terrorist attack, where we can get information, ahead of time. >> reporter: this morning the nsa fox's request for comment to the state department, arthel. arthel: catherine what about edward snowden, is he now going, see i told you so, i told you so? i don't know. >> reporter: that's right. a russian newspaper is reporting this importanting that the former nsa leaker edward snowden got stuck in moscow after the u.s. put pressure on cuba not to accept his asylum request. snowden's plans you remember to travel to cuba were so far advanced he had his seat booked
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on a flight to havana on june 23rd. remember this photo of snowden's empty seat snapped by journalists who bought the tickets to cuba believing snowden would be on board? the nsa leaker was stuck in moscow's international airport for six weeks until he was granted temporary asylum by the russians. they gave him a temporary i.d. before, iting the airport. the russian newspaper claim they pleaded with the cuban authorities not to let snowden travel to their country under any circumstances. while the report is a single source that could not be immediately verified, this morning the substance of the source has yet to be challenged by russian or cuban officials, arthel. arthel: you were not on the bogus flight to cuba. >> reporter: no, i avoided that one. arthel: sure you did. catherine herridge good job as always. >> reporter: see you later. jon: i hear havana is a beautiful city. i haven't seen. >> it i haven't either but i hear the same. maybe it will be easy to go there. jon: at one point. a major break through in a
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disease that infects nine million americans. what scientists say could help those that suffer from diabetes. convicted murderer jody arias heads back to court where a judge might set the stage for retrial of her penalty phase. what may not happen during the sentencing phase if defense attorneys get their way.
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arthel: right now, convicted murderer, jody arias due back in a phoenix courtroom. a judge could set the date for the retrial of her penalty phase today. of she has said she would like to get started picking a new jury next month. the defense filing a motion to block livid yo cameras from that part of the trial. a major departure for the case that drew worldwide interest. arias, as you remember was found
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guilty in may of murdering her ex-boyfriend travis alexander in 2008. but jurors couldn't agree on a new sentence. new jury will decide whether she gets life in prison or the death penalty. bringing us in to discuss all this, jeff king, former marine prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. hi, jeff. >> good morning. arthel: brian is here, brian silver a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor.
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arthel: need for delay or delay sake? >> there ask definitely legit need. we're talking about about life of human being. you don't take chances. diverge the defense and believe them when they're telling court we need to do everything we can here to present a defense. of if i were to the case in this case. i would join them in this motion. there is impartial trial. what they don't want to go on appeal. the twins needed more time and it gets overturned. >> if that is true. arthel: if that's true? go ahead, brian. >> i was going to say, you know a lost times, you see in trial, a especially with the more serious cases a defendant just
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wants to put off the inevitable. and there has to be a line in the sand? reasonable amount of time to prepare your case versus again, a delay for delay's sake. i'm if she is not given the proper amount of time and her legitimate needs were not addressed and that would be wrong and prosecutor should join them for defense motion for continuance. it goes down to the legitimate basis for a request. arthel: jeff, as you you know, the defense is saying listen, we don't want, we had millions of people watch this thing for the murder trial of jody arias for five months. even tv movie has been spawned after all this. really turned into a media circus. >> right. arthel: and so now, jody arias's attorneys are saying, listen, we don't want cameras in the courtroom this time and at the very least, please don't have any live broadcasting of this and their reasoning is, during the murder trial a couple of the defense witnesses had their lives threatened. do you think the judge will buy
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this reason? >> i think that the judge will buy this reason and i agree 100% with the defense. previous question about the delay of the trial, in this case there is evidence that does impact fairness and impartiality of the trial. anytime witnesses are under subpoena trying to get out of the subpoenas and hire lawyers out of the subpoenas to avoid testifying because they received death threats, that impacts the fairness of the trial. i think again, more so than the previous issue. the prosecution, the defense need need to join hands on this one. we want this one to be done properly. we want witnesses to take the stand without fearing their their lives. that their lives will be impacted after this trial. it impacts fairness and partiality of the trial. 100% -- >> the prosecutor will not agree to that respectfully, there are two hours late for the dance so to speak. this trial was on every single major media outlet for the past six months, even longer yet,
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maybe eight months, i guess it started in january and now at this stage to say, oh now, we don't want the media, well you know the prejudice has been done. if you're the prosecutor in this case, you got your conviction, either it will stick or be overturned at this point. so he might as well ride the wave and get all he can out of it. frankly that's why they're filing this motion because this woman can't get out of her own way. every time it is on television she looks worse and worse and worse. arthel: brian i understand cameras are okay but don't do it live? does that provide a buffer? >> in this particular case depends on what side you're on. obviously if you're on the defense, at this point they're trying to save a sinking ship. my point mentioning that they are late making this request. this should have been done before trial started. this person is bleeding out. they need to stop the hemorrhaging. of course making the motion makes sense. if you're a prosecutor at this stage you're entering the penalty phase where a conviction
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already has been had. this is legitimate grounds to have that conviction overturned? that damage is done. there is no need to go back. he might as well go forward and say we want the media there because it helps him win his case. arthel: jeff, give you the last word. >> bottom line is why? what is the point of having live cameras in the courtroom to watch the death penalty phase after another human being? what is added to the judicial process and fairness of this. absolutely nothing, it becomes a show. it becomes entertainment and that takes away from what should be a very formal and sincere judicial process. >> i know you two gentlemen know this, i want to remind viewers if in fact the second jury can't reach unanimous decision, jody arias will automatically be sentenced to life in prison. then it is up to the judge to decide whether life without parole or if jody arias would be eligible for parole in 25 years. jeff king, brian silber, thank you very much. good to see you both. >> thank you. jon: liberal group planning a
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nationwide effort to challenge voter i.d. laws as a former secretary of the state under president george w. bush warns the laws could damage the gop. a full breakdown on that next from washington. plus as the crisis continues in egypt word that two top islamist groups are trying to develop a truce with the egyptian military.
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arthel: a new democratic group launching a nationwide effort to make it easier for anyone who wants to vote to cast a ballot. their goal is to crack down on voter i.d. laws in several states. they claim discrimination against minorities. meantime, many conservatives say voter i.d. laws are necessary to stop voter fraud. chief congressional correspondent is live in washington. tell us more about this tug of war that is going on over voting. >> good morning. democratic group has launched what it's calling a 50 state initiative to promote reforms making it easier to vote. they're expected to push legislation similar to a law in colorado that requires all elections to be conducted by mail. attorney general eric holder has his sights set on the texas voter i.d. law. holder said over the weekend, the struggle must and will go on in the cause for our nation's quest for justice until every eligible american has the chance
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to enter -- exercise his or her right to vote. texans are fighting back. >> this is deeply depressing to see the chief law enforcement officer in the country use partisan politics and that's all it is, to drive a wedge between americans based on race and ethnicity. it's really sad because we have come a long way. obviously we've elected barack obama president of the united states. >> the senator suggests much of this push is about a lame duck administration trying to turn texas into a blue state. arthel: so is there danger if it's interpreted as republicans trying to restrict voting? >> there are certainly some people who think so. virginia, arkansas, tennessee and north dakota have enacted new voter i.d. laws this year and colin powell is among those saying that voting will make it more difficult and immediately turn off voters the g.o.p. needs. >> you say you want to reach
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out. you say you want to have a new message. you say you want to see if you can bring some of these voters to the republican side. this is not the way to do it. the way to do it is to make it easier for them to vote and then give them something to vote for that they can believe in. >> in addition to texas trying to move forward with the voter i.d. law, so ra mississippi, alabama so there is a signal to take on texas. arthel: thank you very much for that update. jon: turn to egypt where two top islamic groups are reportedly seeking a truce with egypt's military a. cording to the associateded press, the groups are willing to stop massive military tests in exchange to crackdown on muslim brotherhood supporters. joining us to talk about this and the larger issues, chris can and political activist who fled
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egypt in 2011. good to have you on. >> thank you for having me. jon: this request for a truce from the islamist groups, what do you make of that? >> if that's conditioned by the reinstallment of muhammad morsi, i do not think that this is ever going to happen and i do not think that it would be fair to refer to what these muslim brotherhood gatherings as protests. if we can say that the boston bomber was a protestor, there's much protestors as he was. jon: the coptic christians have bourne the brunt of the rage that's issued by many of the muslim brotherhood supporters. so many of the churches have been burned. what's behind that? simply revenge? >> the muz loim brotherhood has said they're going to burn christians alive, that they have said that there are going to be
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improvised explosives and terrorist attacks against christians so they're doing what they promised they would do. jon: what should americans make of all of this violence? i mean, it seems that we don't have a great deal of opportunity to sway the events there. >> actually, there is because americans can still have leverage in the war against terrorism by calling the international militant of the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization because there is a possibility that it would get designated as such in egypt so this would definitely be very helpful for the egyptian people if america, since they are the leaders and the founders of the terrorist group al qaeda. jon: you should that america should side with the military in
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the overthrow of morsi's government? >> absolutely. right now the other option is we would have something like the nazi part in germany. we did not really have much of an option. the military is not a direct ally but certainly better than the armed genocidal terrorists. jon: but as you know, many people have said, look, morsi was elected democratically and therefore, the united states should stand behind the democratic process. >> that notion could have been applied after hitler was democratically elected as well by the united states which the war against the nazis and rightfully so. the democracy should not be an excuse to support mass murder. jon: cynthia, interesting perspective. thank you. >> thank you, sir. arthel: a pickup truck barrels right into a georgia store.
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there it is. what police say the suspect took that has them very concerned and a terrifying or deal for a 12-year-old boy. he hid in a closet while two burglars ransacked his house in texas. police now praising him as he hear his brave call to 911. >> 911. where is the emergency? hello. >> someone is trying to break into my house. thanks to dad. nope eeeeh... oh, guys let's leave the deals to hotels.com. nice bear. ooh that one! nice. got it! oh my gosh this is so cool... awesome! perfect! save up to 30% plus an extra 12% off with coupon... now until labor day. only at hotels.com
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arthel: new next hour, sentencing phase begins in the court-martial of major hasan. he was convicted on friday on all counts in the fort hood massacre that killed 13 people. family members of the victims and three injured soldiers expected to testify. and how your facebook friends could help you get approved or rejected for a loan. plus the new way chicago police are fighting crime. what's happening or not happening to make the city safer.
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jon: the hunt is on for four burglars who bashed into a georgia store to steal more than 20 guns. surveillance video shows a pickup truck slamming into the front door and window of the pawn shop. thieves seen running inside, they took handguns, rifles, semi automatic and ammunition. they got away in another car within minutes. the owner of the shop boarding up the building as police search for the suspects. >> they just broke the window now >> what room are you in? >> my mother's room right now. >> i can hear them coming in. arthel: just part of the chilling 911 call made by a 12-year-old boy in texas. he was hiding while police say two men broke into his house and we're learning a lot more about
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that little boy's or deal. david lee miller live in the new york city studio here. tell us what we know about this little boy. >> port arthur, texas police describe him as courageous and determined. he was home alone tuesday afternoon when he heard noises coming from the back of the family home. he called 911. dispatcher told him to lock himself in the bedroom and wait for the police. throughout the entire incident, he kept his cool, hiding in a closet that was only feet away from the intruders. >> they are. they are turning on your street. they're inside the room now. they're inside the bedroom where he's at. are you there? okay. just stay there. the officers, i think they're going to catch the guy, okay? >> if courage is grace under pressure, this 12-year-old is one brave little boy. arthel: so what happened when
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police got there? >> well, at least one of the intruders saw the police and they both decided to make a run for it. dejon was providing the best information that he could. >> it seems like there are multiple people. >> be quiet. >> is the police officer outside the house? >> yeah. but stay inside the closet. they're trying to find the bad guys, okay? you're doing good. you're doing real good. you're going to be perfect. your mom is going to be so proud of you. >> she's actually the only thing that i could think of. >> well, you thought well. you thought well. you're a very, very smart young man. you did a good thing. >> that dispatcher also did a very good thing, keeping him calm and on the line. as for the intruders, jared johnson and lajohn wilson were caught a quarter mile away by
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police using tracker dogs. they're behind bars for burglary. dejon, not surprisingly, he's a home town hero. he showed the type of bravery that few adults could muster, let alone a 12-year-old boy. >> so true. do you know what? kudos to his mom, too. she's clearly raising him right. thank you very much. jon: that story has a happy ending. wow. a major medical breakthrough to tell you about in the battle against a disease affecting millions of americans. perhaps even you or someone you know. the doctor is in the house to explain some good news on diabetes. >> how are you today?
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jon: a fox news alert. we thought that this would be the day we find out when jodi arias would go back to court for the penalty phase of her retrial but it turns out that has been postponed yet again. you'll have to wait a month to find out when that process begins. as you know, the jury couldn't decide on whether she should receive the death penalty after her conviction in the murder of her late lover, travis alexander, so there will be a new jury seated to handle a new penalty phase all over again. we thought we would find out today when that starts but there have been new motions filed in the case. the judge can't get to the date setting until september 16. as i said -- september 26. excuse me. you'll have to wait a month to find out when the retrial, the penalty phase begins. arthel: there is new hope for
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treating diabetes that affects millions of americans. scientists made a breakthrough discovery having to do with a new protein. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. arthel: i understand that the doctors, the researchers discovered what's called a rogue virus. or protein. >> they found a rogue preteen and it's exciting. they found that the protein basically sort of short circuits our ability to use insulin properly. the body produces insulin which is supposed to pick up all the sugar and the simple carbohydrates and bring them to the different organs and muscles and cells in your body to use them as energy. in diabetes, you either have a production of defective insulin or you have a production of not enough insulin. now, the exciting thing is they discovered this rogue protein that actually impairs the cells in the pancreas that produce
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insulin. if she could figure out a way to short circuit the protein, maybe they could have more effective treatment for diabetes. arthel: if they could find a way to short circuit it. they're not there yet. >> they're not yet but by figuring out which protein this is and seeing its effect, what this protein does, txnin protein, what that does is it causes the beta cells to actually sort of commit suicide and not produce insulin. beta cells are the cells in the pancreas responsible for production. the other mechanism it does is tells the beta cells to not produce enough insulin when it realizes there's higher levels of sugar in the blood. that's the problem with diabetes. you have high blood sugar. >> arthel: if you can block this protein, that would be a good
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thing. how far are we from that happening? when you get there, because we'll be hopeful it's going to happen, is this going to be beneficial for all diabetes patients? you have the type one, the type two. does it mean you're not going to get diabetes or just better treatment? >> from what i've read, it seems like the treatment when they get there, they're not quite there yet but they'll be able to treat type one and type two. the problem with the protein, it releases free radicals and they are things that you might have read about in the media recently. they're implicated in a number of different disease processes and the free radicals go to the cells and the pancreas and cause the malfunctions to occur. if they can figure out how to stop the rogue protein, they'll have better diabetes treatment. some develop diabetes later in life from the sedentary lifestyle, poor diet choices and high processed sugar in
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diet. those folks can be affected quickly. arthel: i wish doctors would start prescribing people to lose weight. >> maybe we should. arthel: serious. i'm saying doctor's orders, you need to lose weight. >> some of my colleagues also have to follow their own advice. we have to practice what we preach. arthel: we want to give the guys over at the university of alabama of birmingham some props. they discovered this rogue preteen. >> it's great work. they should stay on top of it. it's a worldwide problem, diabetes. arthel: thank you very much. good to see you on this monday. jon: u.n. chemical weapons inspectors coming under fire on the ground in syria. and growing calls for the u.s. to intervene in the bloody civil war. what military options does the white house have?
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jon: a team of u.n. weapons inspectors reportedly shot at by snipers in syria just hours
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after the government agreed to let them investigate the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack. u.s. and european leaders now meet to determine a response. sentencing phase for army major hasan underway as a military jury set to determine whether or not the former army psychiatrist will receive the death penalty. and could the friends you pick on facebook impact your ability to get a loan? more on the companies working to make that technology a reality. arthel: the prices in syria heating up with new calls for u.s. military action. jon: good to have you hear. you have another hour in you? >> i'm going to have to defriend you on my facebook page. jon: especially if they're going to work on getting a loan. not going to happen. just days after the syrian regime allegedly launched a
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chemical weapons attack, killing hundreds of its own people, maybe thousands, some tense moments for the u.n. team investigating that charge. the inspectors' vehicle coming under fire in damascus even before it reached the site of the alleged poison gas attack. president obama said a year ago that the use of chemical weapons would be a red line for him but now the u.s. is denying that the strike is imminent with chuck hagel saying the obama administration is still analyzing intelligence and any action we take will be part of a coordinated effort with the international community. despite renewed calls for a surgical u.s. air strike to send a message to syria. arthel: we want to bring in national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pentagon and jennifer, listen. we know the pressure on the president is mounting for him to, i guess, do something. what is happening at the pentagon right now? >> well, the pentagon is not
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prepositioning an aircraft carrier at this point off the coast of damascus. we know there are four u.s. navy destroyers off the coast but you would expect to see a buildup of forces in the region if there was going to be any sustained air campaign. that is not happening at this point. the four u.s. destroyers in the eastern mediterranean right now are there in position, we're told, from u.s. defense officials and could launch guided missiles or tomahawks at a number of targets at any time. they're simply awaiting a decision by the president. however, right now it seems the administration is opting to work through nato. >> if there's any action taken, it will be in concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification. >> china and russia are likely to veto any action through the u.n. security council. that is what is pushing the u.s.
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to work through nato and also we have reports that four tons of light arms weapons have been delivered from the gulf states through turkey to the rebels in the northern part of syria. arthel: speaking of turkey, looking at the wire, syrian opposition figures saying that geneva peace talks off the table for now after alleged poison gas attacks so it keeps going. asad is there and doesn't seem to be blinking but i ask you this, at least at this point, jennifer, is there a military option that falls short of an all-out war but sends a significant message to asad? >> well, that appears to be what they are building up to at this point. remember for months, chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey, talked about how costly it would be for the military to get around for a regime change. that would require billions of action, at least $1 billion a
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month. 500,000 u.s. troops on the ground. the institute for the study of war here in washington says there are other options. >> what this leaves us is a limited standoff attack using surface ships, cruise missiles, submarines and also precision guided munitions from airplanes all flying below the radar and air defense system at targets inside of syria military value. >> the u.s. could use warplanes from outside of syrian air space. that's what the israelis have done to some effect so there are options. options are being considered but again, the decision rests with the president at this point. arthel: jennifer, thank you very much for that update. jon: let's continue the conversation what to do with syria. we have with us karl rove who served under the george w. bush administration. he was adviser, former senior
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adviser and deputy chief of staff to president george w. bush and also a fox news contributor. a little ironic that this president largely won office on the strength of his opposition to the war in iraq and now finds himself facing a possible military intervention in syria. what do you make of the situation that faces it? >> not a lot of good options and it's to some degree of his own making. remember over two years ago, he said asad must go. if you're the president of the united states and you say that, eventually, sooner rather than later, that person needs to go. otherwise, your credibility is damaged. and literally a year ago, he said that if the syrian regime used chemical weapons, deployed chemical weapons that this would be a red line and iron i canally enough on the anniversary of his remark, they used chemical weapons for apparently the second time. the president is hemmed in by his own actions and own words. jennifer hit it right. no action will be sanctioned by the united nations.
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they're going to work through because of russia and china, work through nato and the question is if they take action, what is the level of that action? the minimum is likely to be a preprecipitation -- precision attack on units authorized for the chemical attack. but the question is, is that going to be seen by the syrians and iranians as tough enough to deter them from future behavior? jon: there's a major deadline. seven million people are expected to be enrolled in exchanges that make obamacare work. but there's a question as to whether they're going to be ready to go. >> yeah. first of all, seven million people is what the administration hopes to sign up in the first year. it's not what it's going to sign up. that's what they hope to sign up. we have at least three problems. first of all, we have the computer program n. oregon, for
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example, they've said, look. if you're a consumer, you're not going to be able to get access to the exchange. we don't -- we think that consumers signing up on the system to look at it would collapse it. in california they're going to allow consumers to look at their options but if you want to sign up, you have to pick up the phone and call somebody. the reason for this, and these problems are in other states as well. the reason for this is remember, it's very complex, this whole process. and second of all, vb has to be verified as to citizenship, their income, their residence and employment in order for the government to figure out how much subsidy they're going to get in getting their insurance. it's a complex computer program. what we're likely to have is people able to go on and look on the exchange for what options they've got but they're going to have to go through the old process of doing this the old fashioned way of calling up somebody, giving that information and those people looking through these data bases to confirm. it's going to be at the back end
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of this, a nightmare. that's problem one. problem two is, the administration just in the last few days has issued grants for so-called navigators. these are people who are going to help in the next -- between now and october 1, they're going to be trained, identified, trained, recruited and help people figure out how to navigate their way through these exchanges and we're awfully close. there are 32 business days from the time the grants were left to when people were able to sign up. that's an awful short time to hire hundreds of thousands of people and properly train them. and here is the final big problem. you mentioned the seven million. this is their goal. in order to make the numbers look good for obamacare, a disproportionate number of those seven million need to be young people for two reasons. they use less health care. they're healthier. they don't have as many problems as older people so they'll spend less out of the system. and second of all, there's a provision in the affordable care act called the community rating
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that says if you're young he were, you're going to pay higher premiums that you otherwise would in order to subsidize the insurance premiums for older, less healthy workers. problem is, in order to get the seven million and have at least half be young people, in order to make the numbers look good, you need young people signed up. 27% of the millennials had heard of the exchanges. 70% hadn't. so we have about five weeks left before the exchanges open up and we have seven out of 10 young people, the target group that the administration is looking at, simply unaware what the exchanges are. jon: carl, good to have your perspective. thanks very much. >> thank you. arthel: we go to the battle to stop one of the biggest wildfires in california's history. we're talking about the inferno in and around yosemite national park and urging closer to the reservoir that supplies water to the san francisco bay area.
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hundreds of firefighters working to contain the flames with strong winds making their jobs even tougher. janice dean is live in the fox weather center following this for us and tell us about the winds that are wreaking havoc on the efforts out there. >> not as severe as yesterday but 25 miles per hour in terms of gusts today. and we do have some moisture making its way in southern california and parts every the southwest as well as the northwest so this region could get the humidity levels up which would be gret news. it's not going to get the rainfall that would really, really help firefighters so unfortunately, looking at the satellite radar imagery, no moisture making its way in to give the firefighters a hand. there's the forecast for today. temps in the high 70s. we could see wind gusts from 10 to 15 to 25 miles per hour and in this region, because the wildfire is so big, it can create its own winds, very erratic for firefighters trying to contain the fire. only 15% containment.
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incredible. not only this region but much of the west dealing with dozens of wildfires we continue to monitor. elevated fire danger for idaho today and take a look where the moisture is working into the southwest, they need the moisture but so much could cause some flash flooding. we'll monitor that. it's that tale of either you have too much or just not enough. back to you. arthel: all right. thank you very much for keeping it all together and following that information for us there out west. okay. jon: there's a new milestone after a massive earthquake snaps off part of this bridge nearly 25 years ago. we have details on that. plus you went from wholesome, hannah montana to this. the r-rated miley cyrus performance that stunned millions of american viewers. too small. too soft.
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headlines for you. at least five people are dead after a cargo cash in mexico. dozens more hurt. the train is notorious for carrying central americans trying to get to the u.s. sometimes hundreds of people cram on the roof in their efforts to get across the border. engineers say they are hopeful they will not have to replace hundreds of steel rods and bolts after dozens of them failed on the new san francisco oakland bay bridge. tests on the rods were ordered after 32 bolts broke back in march. the bridge is scheduled to reopen september 3. the anti-trust lawsuit against american airlines and u.s. airway $ moving forward. a federal judge is ordering both sides to appear in court for a conference next week. justice department brought that lawsuit saying the merger would hurt consumers by driving up air fares. arthel: see you later, bye, to hannah montana. new controversy after miley
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cyrus strips down during a racy performance at m.t.v. video music awards last night. her shocking moves, shocking celebrity in the crowd and viewers at home. jewelry has all the details here in the new york city news room. i know you were watching it and take it away. >> yeah. i'm glad my kids weren't. raunchy, that about sums it up. if i had teens, it was pretty graphic. the singer first came out in a furry gray onesy and performed her single "we can't stop." she lived up the song's title. just when you wished she would stop, she kept going. not sure what she was trying to prove. we get she's all grown up at the age of 20 but the only thing missing from her act was a pole. she had a giant foam finger, though. audience watched in disbelief as she guy rated with everything she came in contact with like
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bears, butts and that twerk. the comedian joked during the show, miley better get a pregnancy test after that twerking. backed by giant teddy bears and the tall dancer who stands at 6' 7", she bumped and grinded with robin fick while he performed, shedding down to a nude vinyl bikini. the twerking continued. ♪ >> and tons of reaction on twitter as well. many tweeting in response to a tweet sent out last night by billy ray cyrus said pray for more love, less hate. and thank god for not letting
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miley win tonight. do you know what twerking is? you probably do. you're in the know about the latest. i had to google it myself. jon: i've had enough of miley cyrus. >> me, too. jon: she was cute on disney. >> she was cute. arthel: you're not asking me if i knew what it was? >> i'll bet you did know. arthel: i did. i don't twerk, though. >> urban dictionary i have to use all the time for these stories. jon: billy ray must be so proud. the obama administration looking at possible military action in syria with mounting evidence of a chemical attack by the asad regime and american war ships positioned off shore. we'll look at what options are on the table next. the media spotlight already focussing on 2016. is it too much too soon? our news watch panel weighs in
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jon: a fox news alert. we're just a few minutes away from a news conference in spokane, washington. police are announce want arrest of a second suspect in the death of the man you see on the right of your screen, delbert shorty belton. he survived a bullet to the leg during the okinawa battle and died at the hands of young thugs who beat him to death outside of a store in spokane. it's possible these thugs will get charged as a juvenile and not as adults so we won't name them or show you pictures but a second suspect has been
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arrested. apparently he was shihiding in baseme basement. arthel: right now mounting tensions in syria as the asad regime and rebel forces blaming each other after a vehicle belonging to a u.n. inspection team was hit by sniper fire in damascus while on its way to the site where government forces reportedly killed hundreds of people last week in a chemical attack. senior defense officials telling fox the u.s. november now has four destroyers in the eastern mediterranean off the coast of syria. rick is a former state department spokesperson and a fellow with the project to restore america. good to see you. >> you, too. arthel: who do you think is behind this sniper fire? of course, the government is saying that terrorists did it. >> i think there's no question that it's the asad government. they've been bombing this site to where the chemical weapons
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attack occurred to try to really, i think, scare away the u.n. and scare away people who would investigate and so i think it's pretty clear that the asad government is behind it. arthel: and it's pretty clear at this moment it's not scared away the u.n. weapons inspectors, that they're going to continue course but the jerusalem bureau is reporting it might be a little too late even if they do make it to those fights for fear that evidence has been destroyed or degraded. what do you make of that? how would that affect this whole exploration? >> well, we have to remember that the team in syria, the u.n. team, is a group of scientists led by a swed and these are not u.n. diplomats from the upper east side of new york. while the guys in new york are trying to debate whether or not the mandate is big enough, this mandate comes from the general assembly of the u.n. the team is doing brave work. they are literally in a war zone trying to figure out what is going on.
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now, the team was there to investigate last year's attack and just so happened to be there as this next chemical attack happened so by the time they get there, it will still be several days and as i said, bombing will have occurred from the government so the evidence is going to be slim. but i think we still have to give it to the actual u.n. team for doing this great work and really put more pressure on the diplomats in new york to work faster. they have to be able to push through but the team in syria on the ground really is at the mercy of the asad government. their movement must be controlled by the asad government and the rebels and the government must guarantee their safety as they try to investigate. arthel: the guys on the upper east side of new york as you say, do you think the security council should be circumvented in this process? there's pressure on asad. vladmir putin saying the u.n. is
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not going to be involved, any u.n. action is not going to happen. how much do you think that nato allies have to be in lock step with the u.s. in terms of any sort of military mill you've? >> what we've seen the last couple of years is our relationship with russia has really deteriorated. ever since the obama administration tried to push the reset button, the situation has gotten worse with russia. so it's no surprise that when we go to the u.n., whether it's on iran or north korea or any other issue, that the russians are inside the security council, stopping us on everything. so the obama team has to think long and hard. do you think there and wait for the u.n. security council to act? because if you do, you're really letting the russians decide what the u.s. policy in syria is. and i think that you can always ask the u.n. i'm all for stopping by the u.n. and asking if they want to join us in trying to build an international coalition. we shouldn't wait for them. waiting plays right into the
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russians' hands. arthel: so what is the digest mistake the u.s. can make at this point seeing that the world is watching? >> i think that the obama team has made a big strategic mistake by first ignoring the 100,000 deaths, almost saying philosophically we're not going to get involved but then drawing a line in the sand at chemical weapons attacks. we've seen multiple chemicals weapons attacks now and yet the obama team and president obama himself is somehow trying to pretend like we need more evidence or really playing this bureaucratic game. while they do that, the american credibility is really diminishing in the region which is already at a very low point and president obama's own personal reputation, i think, is now becoming worse since jimmy carter. he looks like he can't make a decision. he's too contemplative.
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he can't quite make a decision once he hears multiple sides. arthel: so you have the navy warships sitting there in the eastern mediterranean. should there be a strategic firing of missiles on targets there inside of syria? what should happen? when should it happen? >> well, i think military experts are pretty clear that we can't just do a surgical targeted attack. that's not going to be enough. and i think that the american public needs to understand that if we're going to take out asad, which i believe that we should, that we'll have to take out all of the military bases or at least the majority of them. we'll have to take out the airport and the air force. that will be a big presence of bomb and missiles and it's going to be a risk to the civilian population. we need to be very clear about that. there will be civilian deaths. we cannot be so targeted where there are not going to be
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innocent people dying and that may include u.s. personnel. we need to be prepared that if we're going to do this, we have to do it in a big way. arthel: u.s. personnel meaning folks who are there in syria who should be deployed to syria? what are you saying? >> no. i don't think that we should have boots on the ground but i think there's a very real risk that if we're going to go in with a military air assault that we're going to face some sort of reaction from the syrians and we could have planes taken down. arthel: rick, thank you very much for your perspective. we'll talk to you again. thank you. >> thanks. jon: he took the lives of a dozen of his fellow soldiers. now fellow soldiers will decide whether he lives or dies. military jurors deciding the sentence for major hasan in the fort hood massacre. a live report and our legal panel weighs in. also choose your facebook friends wisely. they could change your credit score, believe it or not. we're live with that story.
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days or so and then the panel will deliberate once again and they must be unanimous if they want to give major hasan the death penalty. if all 13 do not agree, then he will serve out a sentence of life in prison. the court is going to hear from 20 witnesses, both soldiers who were shot that day and maimed. in addition to loved ones of all 13 who died in the 2009 attack. now this morning we heard from staff sergeant patrick ziegler. he had just returned home from his second tour of duty in iraq and he was shot four times in that medical processing building, once in the head. the staff sergeant explained to the court how he was in the hospital for 11 months, underwent 11 surgeries on his head and 20% of his brain had to be removed. as a result, the left side of his body is paralyzed. it is going to be a heavy day listening to all of this emotional testimony and then once the prosecution wraps,
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hasan will get the floor. we expect that to happen tomorrow. it is anyone's guess at this point just what he will say. i can tell you there are less restrictions on him in this phase of the court-martial so he is not limited as much on what he is allowed to talk about and many people think that this is going to be his chance to talk about wanting to be a martyr and why he committed this heinous crime, arthel. arthel: no one wants to hear it. casey stiegel, thank you very much. >> reporter: no. >> bring you now for more on this, jeff king, former marine prosecutor and brian silver, former defense attorney. you start this time. i want to look at this thing from four different angles. bear with me here. >> sure. arthel: the overall question, should hasan be sentenced to death? we'll take it from this perspective first, that is, his desire, him playing into the desire wanting to be a martyr? >> well, i think that certainly it will play into that and let me say also we need to give the
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benefit of the doubt to those 13 jurors that have to wrestle with this that they will do everything they can to render a just verdict. none of us are privy to the same information that they are. that said i think it will play into it overall. i don't think it is going to matter. it is difficult to imagine a factual scenario that supports the death penalty more than this one. so i think, yes, it will be a conversation in that deliberation room because it is an issue. at the end of the day, it is not going to have an impact on these jurors and they will come back and render the death penalty by lethal injection. arthel: brian, you say what on that one? >> my feeling is, his warped views about his role as some kind of supposed martyr are really irrelevant. you know, this is a question of applying the law and applying the fact and i think that is exactly what this jury will do because they take their dirt veryvery seriously the fact he is asking to be executed, you know, it will really fall on deaf ears in my opinion. arthel: could be kind of like
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reverse psychiatry. he is psychiatrist. he knows what he is asking for maybe he doesn't want that because he is asking for it? >> right, that is definitely a possibility. i'm telling you right now juries are a lot smarter than people think. if he is trying to play these people, especially a jury of military officer of all folks, really more so than anything else going to fall on those deaf ears, there is no doubt in my mind. arthel: the overall question should hasan be sentenced to death? i go back to you, jeff. when we factor in the rules governing that military jury? >> right. and, i mean again it is important that it's a unanimous decision and that i think, unlike most death penalty cases where i think a lot of people hesitate and say, well, you know, ask all the what ifs, what if, you know, dna will later on say this, what if he wasn't the one actually committed this crime, we don't have that. this is very open and shut and i think the jury will quickly
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dismiss the insinuation that we really need to consider, are we going to give him what he wants here by sentencing him to death? is that going to make him a martyr? that would give them enormous amount of credibility which would be ridiculous. he is not a martyr and his moral and religious beliefs are twisted. to give that credibility by factoring that in their decision-making process too much is, would be laughable. so i think they're really going to focus on the evidence they hear during the sentencing phase which i can't imagine how tragic it is going to be. i'm really glad i'm not going to be subject to it. that is what they will focus on is aggravating everyday. i look forward to hearing what mitigating evidence. arthel: jeff, i have to wrap it. brian, give me 15 seconds how much in terms of you think the impact will be after listening to the victim's families get up on the stand and testify what happened to their loved ones? >> i put it this way. we happily make martyrs of any terrorists and there is no reason why this guy shouldn't
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become the next one. he did a cold-blooded murder and should pay for that crime. i think that will weigh on the minds of these soldiers as they make this decision. arthel: brian, jeff, we leave it there. thank you very much to both of you. >> thank you. >> thank you. jon: not sure you will add this one to the list of facebook likes,. your facebook friends could actually determine whether or not you are eligible for a loan. jo ling kent from the fox business network has details on that. >> turns out you might be judged by the company you keep. for young people or other first time borrowers they may not have much of a financial history to fill up a traditional credit score, right? so a number of companies are looking elsewhere. one company is using data from social networking sites like facebook to determine whether or not you may be a lending risk. it assesses your employment, close social media connections like family and good friends and then using predictive algorithm to confirm your identity and
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calculate if you're a risk. for this company social connections can be very much an indicator how much of a risk you may be, jon. jon: so are there other sites that are mining data from our, you know, facebook use and so forth? >> yeah, good question. facebook isn't the only company they're looking to determine creditworthiness. at least one berman company is mining data from the purchases you make at amazon and ebay. they can even determine your location and consider your creditworthiness based on whether your computer is located where you said you lived or work. now the good news for people with privacy concerns, these companies have a pretty small following. so far, mostly colombia and the philippines. so mostly overseas. if they prove effective, if they hear people are good bets for lending through social media, accepting a friend request or going online shopping will be a whole new ballgame, jon. jon: it's a strange new world. jo ling kent from the fox business network. thank you. >> reporter: good to see you.
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arthel: so weird. it is creepy. i go on amazon.com all the time to order puppy pads. what does it say about me and my credit score? i'm just saying. jon: i don't know. i don't know what it says about you. arthel: we shall move on. coming up president obama got reelected nine months ago but talk is heating up about the next white house race. is it too early to be focusing on 2016? what impact could it have on the potential candidates? our fox news panel will weigh in next. jon: the crime rate in chicago, among the highest in the nation. what police are doing to try to turn things around. we're live with that story next. safe driving bonus check. rock beats scissors! [ chuckles ] wife beats rock. and with two checks a year, everyone wins. [ female announcer ] switch today and get two safe driving bonus checks a year for driving safely. only from allstate. call 866-906-8500 now. [ dennis ] zach really loves s new camera.
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fast-rising waters just came out of nowhere. fortunate no serious injuries or damage is reported. jon: well, eyes are on the presidential prize less than a year after the last presidential election. the spotlight is now on 2016 and the headlines are focusing on candidates on both sides of the aisle but is it too soon to be talking about a race that is three whole years away? let's bring in our "fox news watch" panel. jim pinkerton, contributing editor of "american conservative" magazine. alan colmes, the host of the alan colmes show and author of the thank the liberals for saving america and both are fox news contributors. jim, less than 300 days since we elected barack obama president. why are we zoo fixated or the media is so fixated on who will run for that office in 2016? >> i worked in five presidential campaigns i tell you each one started the day after the
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previous election. so when you see for example, claire mccaskill, senator for missouri inaugurated hillary clinton as president in 2011 and every republican is showing up in iowa, i can't really fault the media for covering it. i would just caution however there is a lot of polls floating around which are, not disputing their accuracy but right now they're snapshots that tend to show hillary ahead in quite a few states. i can remember working in the reagan white house way back when in '83, we were down 18 points against walter mondale. a year later we won by 18 points. fun to watch the horse race and don't take it seriously who is ahead right now because we're only around the first corner. jon: alan, is the media at fault for jumping in this thing too early because -- >> not necessarily. i want to congratulate jim declaring the hillary the winner in 2017. that is good news.
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jon: wasn't hillary going to be the winner last time? >> that is the whole point. so much can happen in three years. you're right, it starts the wednesday after the first tuesday of november when elections take place. it is all about raising money because at love candidates who may not be as well-known need to get their name out there. anybody, jon, if you went to iowa you could be considered presidential prospect. anyone going to iowa or new hampshire. it is too soon. most people don't focus on the presidential race unless you're a wonk like we are literally until after the labor day of the year of the election. jon: i drove through iowa in the spring. does that qualify. >> i think so, beautiful farmland in iowa, i do know that. when you look back, there have been some people who notably got into these races. quite early he on the republican side, tim pawlenty was a frontrunner to be john mccain's running mate. he jumped into the presidential race early the next time around and left very early.
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same thing with, well, a number of republicans have done it that way. on the democratic side joe biden, a guy named joe biden jumped into the race early back in was it, '93 and then got out quickly. getting in early, jim, is not necessarily a guaranty of success. >> no. look, every democrat thought that teddy kennedy would get the nomination, probably in '76. and then in 80 and 84. because he was such a huge name, chappaquiddick notwithstanding. mark shields, veteran democratic pundit likes to joke he was first guy to plan the inauguration for president muskie in 1973. of course he was the democrat who lost to george mcgovern in the primary. there are 30 twist and turns to come. the jon, the fact you're praising iowa's farmland tells me that, gleam in your eye. >> muskie had not shed a tear he
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might have been president if he hadn't cried in new hampshire. many people may think hillary is foregone conclusion which may not be true but others in the field could be easily running for vice president. as you pointed out, joe biden started really early, he became the choice of barack obama to be vp. so that could be what some people are jockeying for. jon: i was only off by about six years. joe biden declared in june of '87. he was out by sent of '87. does it hurt the process, alan, to be talking about it this early? >> i think a lot of it is filling up news void. not a lot is goings-on in august, news organizations particularly political shows looking for good copy and that is what goes on. people are not really interested are not paying attention. it might help educate us about the process of the permutations that go on some years ahead of an election. jon: interesting that hillary clinton was a sure thing in 2008 and now she is a sure thing in
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2016. we'll see. alan colmes, jumpinger ton, thank you. >> thank you. arthel: chicago launching a new effort aimed attack kelling one. highest crime rates in the country. so is it working? we'll take a fair and balanced look coming up too big. too small. too soft. too tasty. [ both laugh ] [ male announcer ] introducing progresso's new creamy alfredo soup. inspired by perfection.
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arthel: right now chicago police rolling out a new program aimed at taking back the streets after the windy city posted the highest murder rate in the country last year. so is it working? mike tobin is live in chicago with more. hi, mike. >> reporter: hi, arthel. you know you're really talking about a number of different programs. safe passage to walk kids to school through troubled parts of town, community policing drug interdiction program, gang units. still over the weekend four people were shot and killed.
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an 11-year-old girl was shot. one thing is clear the people in the troubled parts of town are not talking to police. >> there is guy laying in the mid different street. look like he is shot. >> reporter: when the gunshots ring out on chicago's troubled south and west sides someone knows they're coming. whether the violence is driven bit drug trade or vendetta, locals say, word hits the street best bullets fly. >> everyone knows who is shooting. everyone knows whose kids have guns. everyone knows. it is a matter of the neighborhood getting involved. >> reporter: nate pendleton is the father of hadiya pendleton, who was killed by a stray bullet just over a week from attending the president's inauguration. the first lady attended her funeral. when the guns rule the street, snitches pay a harsh penalty. annette freeman who lost her son to a stray bullet says the relationship between the people
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in the violent neighborhood and chicago cops is not good. there is no trust. >> i have called police before and you know it made me feel like i was the criminal. >> reporter: now police superintendent gary mccarthy says more needs to be done particularly with local departments in terms of building relationships and building trust with those people in those troubled neighborhoods but there is a growing sentiment from the street all the way up to the newspaper columns that the people who live in the bad neighborhoods need to do something themselves, that includes talking with police. arthel? arthel: mike tobin, thank you very much for that. >> reporter: report you got it. jon: we're awaiting the medal of honor ceremony honoring army sergeant ty carter. moments from now this hero will reseat of nation's highest military honor for his bravery during a firefight in afghanistan. we'll take you there live.
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texas is back at school today months after the fertilizer explosion. 15 were killed and hundreds hurt and most of the town's schools suffered serious damage. today students and teach ares are in temporary class roms. it might take two years before permanent schools are finished there. >> next year's out dorsuper bowl in new jersey. get out the long john's and parkas. there is a massive thunderstorm predicted. it could be called the storm bowl. it will be biting cold and piercing cold. and publication called for heavy snow in the great lakes and midwest and has been predicting the weather for hundreds of years. >> but the people in new jersey
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welcome you interesting. >> come to the super bowl. >> used to be warm but making an exception. >> we'll see. >> thanks for joining us, america live starts right now. >> and we begin with a fox news alert. we are just getting word that american war ships are on the move as the obama administration comes under increasing pressure for military intervention for syria i am shannon in for megyn kelliy. secretary of state kelly will be making a statement at 2 o'clock p.m. eastern and the white house briefing will be pushed back to cover the news on syria united nation's inspectors were shot at going to the site of the last week's chemical attack. the in

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